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Demonology and Witchcraft - “Less we forget”
Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim
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Georg Fuchs von Dornheim (1586–1633) was the Prince-Bishop of Bamberg from
1623 to 1633. He was known as the “Hexenbrenner” (witch burner)
or the “Hexenbischof” (witch-bishop) for presiding over the most
intensive period of witch trials in early modern Bamberg.
was born in Wiesentheid, Bavaria, Germany on the 23rd April 1586.
Educated through the Catholic Church in Würzburg and Bamberg, he rose to
become a Dean in Bamberg Cathedral in 1619 before being elected Prince-Bishop of
Bamberg on 13 February 1623. Bamberg
at the time was a small independent bishopric in Bavaria, known for its violent
persecution of witches. The area
had been devastated for years by war and conflicts within the Holy Roman Empire,
as well as suffering from a series of crop failures, famines and plagues.
Rather than blaming the politicians, the people of Bamberg looked for
supernatural explanations, and accusations of witchcraft soon proliferated.
first “witch-bishop,” Prince-Bishop Johann Gottfried von Aschhausen,
sent some 300 witches to their deaths between 1609 and 1622.
However, in comparison, Dornheim was spectacularly cruel and efficient
killing some 600 witches by burning them alive at the stake.
Many of those accused of witchcraft were executed within weeks of their
arrest, while others simply fled Bamberg, leaving behind properties and assets
seized by the State as a way to finance more witch trials.
Motivated by the Counter-Reformation, Dornheim presided over the Bamberg witch trials from 1626 to 1631, and as part of the trials ordered the construction of a “Drudenhaus,” (a witch-house or prison) in 1627, which featured a torture chamber operated by full-time torturers and executioners. Here torture was routinely applied to anyone accused, and the victims subjected to thumbscrews and vices, ice-cold baths and scalding lime baths. They were whipped, burned with sulphur, put in iron-spiked stocks and subjected to other forms torture while children as young as 6 months old were also tortured and killed. Even after forced confessions the physical abuse continued and prisoners had their hands cut off as they were led to the stake.
The rack - Thumbscrew - The strappado was often used with weights
also created a Witch Commission as a specialized bureau dedicated to
investigating witchcraft cases then oversaw the establishment of a network of
informers. Accusations were not
made public and the accused were denied any legal rights.
These trials led to the execution of 300-600 individuals, one of the most
notable of which was the Bamberg burgomaster Johannes Junius.
the midst of the Thirty Years’ War, troops under Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
and John George I, Elector of Saxony occupied the Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg
and on the 11th February 1632, forced Dornheim to flee the city.
He died in exile in Spital am Pyhrn, Austria on the 29th March 1633.
Written and compiled on the 16th April 2020 © George Knowles
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Aidan A Kelly / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda Metteyya / Allan Kardec (Spiritism) / Alphonsus de Spina / Amber K / Ann Moura / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Balthasar Bekker / Biddy Early / Barbara Vickers / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christopher Penczak / Christina Oakley Harrington / Cornelius Loos / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Donald Michael Kraig / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edain McCoy / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Frederick McLaren Adams - Feraferia / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Hermann Löher / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Heinrich Kramer / Idries Shah / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / Ivo Domínguez Jr. / Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jean Bodin / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johann Weyer / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim - the “Hexenbrenner” (witch burner) / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph “Bearwalker” Wilson / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" / Lambert Daneau / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Lodovico Maria Sinistrari / Ludwig Lavater / Madeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Michael Howard and the UK "Cauldron Magazine" / Margaret St. Clair - the “Sign of the Labrys” / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Martin Antoine Del Rio / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Olivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Paul Foster Case and the “Builders of the Adytum” mystery school / Peter Binsfeld / Philip Heselton / Raven Grimassi / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Richard Baxter / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Rossell Hope Robbins / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / Walter Ernest Butler / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
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